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Haunted Places: Devil's Gate Dam

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Demonic Scratches

Mack Ray Edwards

Mack Ray Edwards

The Gate (A tunnel here) in 1934.

The Gate (A tunnel here) in 1934.


Fictional Story by F.J. Lennon on Devil's Gate Dam

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Pasadena, CA

The name says it all. When you hear of Devil’s Gate Dam in Pasadena, California, it immediately grabs your attention and you’re thinking to yourself why it’s called that. The Dam is located on what is known as The Devil’s Gate the portion of the Arroyo Seco off the 210 Freeway near La Canada.

This story started out with my interest in investigating the dam. I was there just before sunset to scout out the place so I knew where I was going when nightfall came. When I returned home, I hopped in the shower and then I felt this slight burning sensation on my right leg. I looked down, and there was what appeared to be three scratch marks going down my right leg. I couldn’t believe it. I appeared to have been scratched by a demon. Now I’m definitely coming back to this place.

For many years now, people believe that this gate is a gate to hell. What’s phenomenal about this gate, is that there is a face from a rock next to the gate that looks like the face of a devil. It is believed that a portal exists at the Devil’s Gate Dam. In Native American days it was forbidden to go there because they believed that a portal really did exist there. Many occult rituals have taken place at the dam and occultists have hinted that a portal to hell is definitely there. The negative energies and entities that pass through there are undoubtedly responsible for the murders and disappearances that have taken place there.

Most of the rituals took place in the 1940’s. The most wicked man on the planet, Aleister Crowley, is the one that believed that the gate was one of the seven portals to hell. Jack “Whiteside” Parsons (a.k.a. The Antichrist Superstar and founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratories, which is looked over by the dam) was involved with rituals that took place at the dam. They believed the dam held some sort of significant magical power. Crowley and Parsons conducted Babalon Working, Parsons conducted the Moonchild ritual. These rituals seemed to have opened the portal that exists at the dam.

Crowley and Parsons were involved in a sex occult group called the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis). Crowley was introduced to it in 1910 and eventually took control of it. When he gained leadership of it, he re-wrote some of the beliefs of the O.T.O. with the Thelema religion, a religion that he was trying to invent. When he expanded the O.T.O. in the United States, that's when he came across Parsons. They did their Babalon Working ritual in which the purpose was to raise Thelema goddess Babalon, The Mother of Abominations. After this ritual was done, Parsons met his soon to be wife Majorie Cameron. He believed her to be a manifestation of Babalon. After this ritual, Parsons decided to do the moon-child ritual. The moon-child was an entity that would overthrow christianity and bring earth into a new Era. In order to do these rituals, sexual magick was necessary.

Ironically, "The World's Most Evil Man" believed that Parsons was overreacting with the moon-child ritual. He then tried to get people away from Parsons teachings. As a result of all of this, Crowley died shortly after in December of 1947, and Parsons was Fired from JPL for stealing files from the Hughes Aircraft Company. In 1952, he was working in his home and blew up in an experiment he was doing. It seems that Karma repaid them in the end.

After these rituals took place, the catastrophes started. The first took place on August 5, 1956. Donald Lee Baker, a 13 year old boy from Azusa, CA, and Brenda Howell, an 11 year old girl from Fort Bragg, CA went missing. The police tried to find them, but the only thing they found were their bicycles. For thirteen years this mystery was covered up until a man named Mack Ray Edwards came forward and admitted to kidnapping and killing them along with three other children. Edwards helped build Southern California freeways and actually buried the children’s bodies under the freeway. The day after he buried them, he paved the freeway over their graves. Edwards was given the death penalty. However, he took his own life by hanging himself in his cell in 1970.

On March 23, 1957 it continued. This event might have been stranger than the other. A 6 year old boy named Tommy Bowman was hiking with his family above Devil’s Gate when he ran off not too far away from them. The family saw him round a corner and when they went to that corner he was gone. They tried to look for him, but had no luck. They then contacted a search team and got everything they could to find him, from helicopters to search dogs. After a week, Tommy was not found and the case was never solved. The same thing happened to another 6 year old boy named Bruce Kreman, who was on a hike with a YMCA group in the Devil’s Gate area. It appeared that Bruce was tired from the hike, so the leader told him to return to camp to rejoin the other kids. He was never seen again. Another large search team went out looking for Bruce, but there was no evidence of anything happening to him.

Nothing has been reported since then. However, people believe that the Devil’s Gate Dam has some kind of curse on it. I did an investigation of the place recently and it’s a pretty active paranormal spot. I used the history to my advantage and did an EMF session with K-II meter and got some amazing results. At first nothing was happening. Then when I asked Mack Ray Edwards if he was sorry for killing Donald and Brenda, the EMF detector started spiking to red, which is the highest it goes. Green is lowest. My partner then asked if he was forced to do it. The EMF meter spiked once again to red. I conclude from this, that he might have been under the influence of a demonic entity when he committed the murders. Then I told him that repenting for what he had done, would be the key to crossing the other side.

We also posed the question whether Tommy Bowman and Bruce Kreman were present, and the meter spiked red, indicating a positive response. I asked if they were never found and they replied by again spiking the EMF meter to red. I then asked if they had crossed over to the other side and my meter spiked once again. So it looks like Tommy and Bruce made it to the afterlife and were answering me from there, and were not earthbound. I then said goodbye and they responded with a final spike to the meter. Finally, we called out the spirit of Jack Parsons. I asked Parsons if there was a portal opened at the dam and if it was at the gate. Both questions got the strongest EMF spike.

After the investigation, it appears that Mack Ray Edwards has repented for killing Donald and Brenda, Tommy and Bruce are at peace on the other side, and Jack Parsons appears to be responsible for opening up a portal. Since that appears to be established, it looks like Devil’s Gate Dam lives up to it’s name. I returned recently to do a spirit box session near the gate. I was with a friend. In the middle of my session, my friend felt like something was behind him. When he turned around with his flashlight, nothing was there from his viewpoint. From the corner of my eye, I saw what appeared to be a woman in a white gown with white hair covering her face. When I turned my head, she was gone. So if you decide to take a hike at the Dam, beware of the portal.

Devil's Gate Dam Main Points

-People believe the gate is a portal to hell.

-Occult rituals have taken place here.

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-The rituals are believed to be the reason for murders and disappearances.

-Jack "Whiteside" Parsons (Founder of JPL which looks over the dam) Parsons was a first ranked occultists.

-Purpose of the rituals was to summon the moon-child, an anti-christ that would overthrow christianity and lead earth into a new era.

-Donald Lee Baker and Brenda Howell were killed by Mack Ray Edwards and were buried under the freeway. Edwards came forward thirteen years later and was given the death penalty, but he hanged himself in his cell in 1970.

-Tommy Bowman and Bruce Kreman were last seen here and have never been seen again.


Mike R. Livingston on January 09, 2017:

Was over there yesterday and wonder if there might be quick sand around the Devil's Gate. Might account for some of the missing kids?

Economike on March 31, 2016:

I think it's interesting to note that Crowley was never actually in Pasadena and as far as I know never actually met Parson's face to face, though they had an in depth written correspondence going for years since Crowley was in effect Parson's higher up in the OTO.

stevieb on October 26, 2015:

You seem to have omitted the fact that the famous science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard was involved with the Parsons, the O.T.O. and the moon-child rituals.

manofmystery24 (author) on September 30, 2014:

Thanks Jay. That's exactly what I was going for :)

Jay on September 20, 2014:

"I appeared to have been scratched by a demon." LOL, great deductive reasoning. HA.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on November 27, 2012:

Please be careful when you go to these places, my friend. You know that I love these spooky ones.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 26, 2012:

Voted up and interesting. What a fascinating story. Amazingly enough although I don't know the stories but we have a Devil's Cave here too which looks very similar to yours. Too similar in fact for comfort. Love these stories and I'm a true believer in the paranormal and all to do with it. Keep them coming. Passing this on.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 23, 2012:

I am Christian -- so my brothers kind of think that the gates are evil and wrong and sinful. But it is not really a faith thing any more than a rock is. They just are/is/am. Sedona Arizona is trippy.

manofmystery24 (author) on November 23, 2012:

Yes sir they are! Most people criticize portals and vortexes when they hear about them. Then again, most people criticize what they don't understand. Thanks for reading!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 23, 2012:

Keep them coming. You have just the right amount of detail yet a smoothe read.

Portals and vortexes are real.

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